Day 8: Jan. 2, 2016
- Mount Amabilis – Cabin Creek Sno-Park
- Kilometers skied: 18K
- Season total: 63K
It was 10 degrees when I stepped out of the car and headed up the trail to Mount Amabilis. Breezy and foggy, it felt much colder.
I had my sights set on the top, where the sun would be shining I hoped. Strapping on the classic Nordic skis, I worked hard and soon shed layers during the steady slog upward.
I passed several groups snow-shoeing on the skate portion of the trail. I also passed several groups of dudes post-holing in their hiking boots. Question: When did become OK to ruin a groomed Nordic trail? Snowshoes are one thing, but hiking boots?
Maybe the SkiZer is a little old and cranky, but that doesn’t seem right. At least that’s off my chest.
Happy to leave the post-holers behind, I hit sunshine about halfway up. I’d never been on this trail, and it’s very nice. You’ll even get views of Mount Rainier during the pleasant climb.
Once on top, I wolfed down lunch amid the snow ghosts in bright sunshine. It doesn’t get much better than this on a cold January day.
The ski down was a long bone-chilling affair. Next time, I’ll bring a parka in the pack.